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#285280 - 08/06/17 12:42 AM Military backpack or rucksack
tomar15 Offline
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Registered: 07/05/17
Posts: 2
Gentlemen,

I'm looking for a good backpack that can outlast me. I'm reluctant to buy from a civilian department store assuming that military grade backpacks are made to last.

The problem is I'm not too familiar on what makes a good backpack. I also would like your experienced opinion on the optimal size of a backpack.

Could you tell me which material is the best in terms of its durability?
What size backpack is suitable for 3-7 day hike?

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#285281 - 08/06/17 01:05 AM Re: Military backpack or rucksack [Re: tomar15]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 1840
Loc: Emerald City, OZ
I have not tried any of their products; I've heard positive things about these two:

http://www.condoroutdoor.com/147_urban_go_pack.aspx
http://www.condoroutdoor.com/Condor-160.aspx

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Condor.

Jeanette Isabelle
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#285282 - 08/06/17 01:06 AM Re: Military backpack or rucksack [Re: tomar15]
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Well sir welcome to the forums lots of good people here.
Watching this thread.

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#285283 - 08/06/17 01:29 AM Re: Military backpack or rucksack [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
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I also heard positive words about this pack:

http://www.condoroutdoor.com/condor-125.aspx

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#285285 - 08/06/17 02:31 AM Re: Military backpack or rucksack [Re: tomar15]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 2927
Loc: USA
I've been very happy with Goruck. There are other great makers of backpacks out there.

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#285286 - 08/06/17 05:23 AM Re: Military backpack or rucksack [Re: tomar15]
Phaedrus Offline
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Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2147
Loc: Great Plains
Hill People Gear and Mystery Ranch both make some extremely rugged packs that will last for many years. Not cheap but very high quality.
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#285287 - 08/06/17 07:08 AM Re: Military backpack or rucksack [Re: tomar15]
bws48 Offline
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Registered: 08/18/07
Posts: 830
Loc: Anne Arundel County, Maryland
If military grade packs are of particular interest I recommend the following source
https://www.varusteleka.com

They're in Finland, have a wide variety of European surplus equipment, and flat rate shipping to the US. I have gotten a couple of things from them and been totally satisfied. No association, just very pleased customer. Web site is in English.
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#285289 - 08/06/17 11:45 AM Re: Military backpack or rucksack [Re: tomar15]
wildman800 Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2810
Loc: La-USA
You might also look on YouTube for "Survival Russia". Lars makes reviews of different military packs. He's thorough but to the point.
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#285290 - 08/06/17 01:10 PM Re: Military backpack or rucksack [Re: tomar15]
Montanero Offline
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Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1373
Loc: North Carolina
Military packs are generally durable, but they are heavier than civilian ones. They are not as well designed but some are more versatile as far as adding pouches and pockets or strapping more stuff on.

I have had great luck with Gregory packs for durability, and they are cheaper than Mystery Ranch.

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#285291 - 08/06/17 01:22 PM Re: Military backpack or rucksack [Re: tomar15]
Herman30 Offline
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Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 226
Loc: Finland
I would recommend Kifaru packs, bombproof but expensive. Have their Xray myself.

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